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Legislative Changes Affecting Local Government Units

On Thursday, February 4th Governor Walker signed 21 bills into law at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.  Many of these laws addressed transportation, hunting, and other miscellaneous issues.  Two of these bills however directly affect municipalities and I want to briefly describe them in this blog.

The first is Assembly Bill 439 which changes the publication notice requirement from 10-days to 15-days for most local governments which make certain specified changes to their budgets.  Assembly Bill 439 will standardize publication requirements for municipalities.  Hopefully, this bill will reduce confusion for municipalities dealing with the recent changes to notice posting requirements in Wisconsin.

The second is Assembly Bill 372 which guarantees municipal governments in a Lake District have the power to fully choose who represents them on a Lake District Board.  Current law disqualifies some municipality officials from being able to represent their municipalities on a Lake District Board.  This was never the intent of the law and Assembly Bill 372 changes the law to assure that municipal officials are able to represent their home municipalities on a Lake District Board.

Both of these legislative changes are effective immediately.  We will continue to provide updates on legislative changes affecting municipalities here on the Blue Ink Blog.  Thanks.  Have a great weekend.